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About the California 4-H Program

The University of California 4-H Youth Development Program serves youth and teens in 57 of 58 California counties through traditional clubs, after school programs, statewide leadership conferences, and camps.  Currently, there are more than 255,468 youth, ages 5 - 19 enrolled in California 4-H club, camp, and afterschool programs focused on three programmatic initiatives:  Science, Engineering and Technology; Healthy Living; and Citizenship. 4-H prepares young people to step up to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

Established in 1913, California 4-H has impacted the lives of millions of Californians who have participated in club programs, served as volunteer leaders, or supported their efforts through local, regional, and statewide partnerships. A public and private partnership comprised of the USDA, University of California, county governments, the California 4-H Foundation, and local clubs, California 4-H reflects the mission of the National 4-H organization, working to empower youth to reach their full potential. This takes place through hands-on learning, research-based programs, adult mentorship, and civic engagement, preparing youth to apply these skills to their educational and professional pursuits, and their role as citizens in a dynamic and complex world.